SARAH3112: JOURNEY THROUGH VIRTUAL MADNESS by William White, July 2012, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 518 pages, paperback, $17.65.
Former Bangor resident Bill White was a man dying to get out of an abusive marriage. He was a man dying to end his depression and loneliness. Little did he know that after finding love on the Internet and seeing his future getting brighter, that he would still be dying — though for reasons he never anticipated in his pursuit of love.
“Sara3112: Journey Through Virtual Madness” is based on White’s own experience and details the path that turned dark as he followed his heart to London.
The reader is treated to a voyeuristic view of the actual email and instant message exchanges between White and his new found love, Sarah — an exchange both enlightening and confounding. Though the relationship grows through these virtual communiques, obvious warning signs are missed by love-blinded White or attributed to his own growing self-doubt.
White admits that he is not a writer, but states that he wants to tell his story as if he is sitting on a readers couch, relating his tale firsthand. What the book lacks in wordsmithing is made up by the story itself, true and very strange — and will touch those who’ve embarked on ill-advised journeys in the name of love.